Microsoft has now turned off its ‘unlimited’ OneDrive feature for Office 365 subscribers, accounts will now have a cap of 1TB of space.
The reason Microsoft is cutting back its ‘unlimited’ storage is due to a few users taking advantage of the service and saving an extortionate number of files to their cloud.
“Since we started to roll out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 consumer subscribers, a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings, in some instances, this exceeded 75 TB per user, or 14,000 times the average”, stated Microsoft.
Instead of focusing on extreme backup scenarios, we want to remain focused on delivering high-value productivity and collaboration experiences that benefit the majority of OneDrive users.”
Many customers have protested against the move, which particularly affects customers in the video production and photography industries.
“OneDrive has always been designed to be more than basic file storage and backup,” the company post continues. “These changes are needed to ensure that we can continue to deliver a collaborative, connected, and intelligent service.”
Customers will have one year to move any data over the 1TB storage limit elsewhere, whilst customers who find that Office 365 no longer meets their needs will be given a pro-rated refund.